Swithering » swither (Scots), v.: to be uncertain, in two minds, to doubt, waver, or dither.

Reading and Remembering ‘Lady in a Fur Wrap’: University of Glasgow Seminar

February 24, 2024 | No Comments

On Thursday 22 February, 2024, I was thrilled to participate in a seminar led by Dr. Hilary Macartney at the University of Glasgow. Co-hosted by the Stirling Maxwell Research Project , this was the first of a series exploring academic and cultural responses to the painting ‘Lady in a Fur Wrap.’ At this event I read an abridged version of ‘Smithereens’, an essay that was first published in the United States in the journal Agni. At that time I shared some thoughts on the craft of nonfiction with its editors, …

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The Reading Life – 2023

January 1, 2024 | No Comments

I’m cobbling together this list while nursing a mild hangover with a glass of ginger wine and some extremely cheesy crisps. Not ideal circumstances to produce pithy commentary on my…

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28 Books for Spring

June 1, 2023 | No Comments

June 1st is bustin’ out all over, and I’m back at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in beautiful County Monaghan, in the Republic of Ireland, having first visited here over seven…

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The Reading Life: 2022

December 31, 2022 | No Comments

Another year of muddling through despite cancelled travel plans and brushes with the plague. We’ve been and remain much luckier than most given the war in the Ukraine, the UK’s…

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The Reading Life: 2021

December 10, 2022 | No Comments

I was already compiling my booklist from 2022 when I realised I had forgotten to post this list from 2021 due to… well, who knows what? Apathy? Melancholy? Forgetfulness? Rage?…

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